The Course Catalog included with Genius is more than just a tool to browse, search and filter through the courses that are available to you as a learner.
The Catalog can also be used to learn more about your courses, allowing you to compare different learning opportunities with each other before you decide to enroll in one or another learning opportunity.
This Article provides a detailed description about the way in which Genius can help you learn more about your courses, how they are delivered, their cost and whether they are part of a larger program within your organization's learning initiative.
How can you learn more about your courses?
General Information about your Courses
The Course Catalog contains a wide variety of information about your courses beyond just the title of the course. In this section, we will describe the ways in which you can use the Genius Course Catalog to learn more about your courses before you decide to enroll and pay for a course that fits your needs.
Course Description and Preview Image
When you enter the Course Catalog (either by default if the catalog is public or after clicking on the Register for Course link on the right-hand side of your screen), you will see a mosaic view with all the courses that are available for you to enroll in as part of your learning initiative.
Each "tile" in the mosaic represents a course. In this view, you will receive all the basic information about the course at a glance - the title of the course, the way the course is delivered, a brief description of the course and whether the course is archived, ongoing or whether it will take place in the future:
If you want, you can register for a course directly from within the Course Catalog using the Add to Cart button on the bottom right of each preview image - or alternatively, you can click the Info button to obtain more in-depth information about the course before you register.
In-depth Information about a Course
If you want to obtain more in-depth information about a course, you can click on the Info button on each preview image to learn more about the learning opportunity. When you do so, a floating window will appear providing you with additional information about the course. We call this the Detailed View:
Below, we describe each of the components in the floating window that appears after you click the Info button to reach a course's Detailed View:
When you click on the Info button and open a course's Detailed View, it is possible to obtain a more detailed description of the course than what was possible through the Preview image described earlier.
The individuals responsible for the creation of each course can add both a "preview" and a "detailed" description, with the "detailed" description providing more details about the material that will be covered in the course.
Cost, Delivery Method, Location & Other Properties
All of the course's more administrative aspects are summarized in a table just below the preview image in the Detailed View:
We discuss each of the aspects contained in this Table below:
This indicates the date in which the course you are viewing starts. If the course has already started, this will indicate the Start Date as Ongoing. If there is a well-defined start date for a course, this will be indicated in this space.
As we described here, Categories make it possible for your organization to classify the courses in its learning initiative. The Categories that this course is associated with are shown in this space.
Genius also makes it possible to include Keywords to make it easier to find courses using the Search function included with the Course Catalog. If the creator of the course you are interested in has defined keywords for this learning opportunity, these will be shown here.
The name of the instructor(s) responsible for teaching this course are shown here.
Cost information is available both in the Preview and Detailed Views in the Genius Course Catalog. Each preview image in the Course Catalog shows the cost of the course:
When you click the Info button to learn more about the course through the Detailed View, this cost information is still available in the Expanded View:
- NOTE: About Multiple Currencies: By default, the Genius Course Catalog shows costs in USD for the courses in the system. However, if you pay for a course through a credit card, some of the payment portals used by our solution can convert to a different currency if required. To learn more about how to pay for a course in Genius, please click here.
Finally, the Location where the course will be taught is shown here. If a course is online, this space will typically be empty.
Checking for Prerequisites
In Genius, it is possible to define pre-requisites that must have been completed before a learner can enroll in a learning opportunity. Pre-requisites are courses that a learner must have passed and completed successfully before they are allowed to enroll in this new learning opportunity.
If any courses must have been completed before you are allowed to enroll in this course, they will be shown here:
Is my course part of a Learning Pathway?
Sometimes, a course is part of something bigger - a certificate program, or a series of courses that you must complete as part of your onboarding as a new member of your organization, for example. These programs are typically comprised of not just one, but multiple courses - and these are known as learning pathways in Genius.
If a course is part of a single or multiple Learning Pathways, this will be shown here. Knowing if a course is part of a Learning Pathway is important, as this will allow you to plan your learning journey and enroll in courses that, when combined, lead to a certificate from your organization, for example.
Adding to Cart
If after having learnt more about the course through both the Preview Image and the Detailed View, you are convinced that this learning opportunity is for you, you can click the Add to Cart button on the lower right-hand side of the Detailed View window:
Alternatively, if you decide that this learning opportunity is not for you, and you would like to continue browsing the Genius Course Catalog, you can click the Close button to remove the Detailed View and go back to the Course Catalog to continue browsing or searching for a course that interests you.
To Learn More...
The Genius Course Catalog also includes powerful tools that make it possible for you to browse, search and filter through the courses that are available to you as a learner within the Solution.
Please feel free to browse through the articles in this Knowledge Base if you would like to learn more about how to get the most from Genius as a learner.